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Course module: 202200154
Molecular Construction of the Human Body
Course info
Course module202200154
Credits (ECTS)11
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionDutch
Contact personR. Bansal
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R. Bansal
Contactperson for the course
R. Bansal
B.J. Bergink - Voorthuis
dr. M.N.A. Bijman
Examiner M. Boon
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After following this course, the student can:
  • Define a research question and derive sub-questions.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of specified/studied parts of the body.
  • Substantiate on the definition of the term “biomaterial”.
  • Indicate which conditions / requirements a biomaterial must meet in order to qualify for the replacement of a tissue / organ in the human body.
  • Cooperate/collaborate/work with other members in a group on a group assignment.
  • Understand how to approach the conceptual modelling process.
  • Develop a conceptual model for the solution or design of a problem. In other words, create a coherent, well-structured, scientifically informed, clearly explained elaboration (a 'story') of solution or design idea for the (partial) solution of a specific physiological problem, where the solution or design consists of one or more biomaterials.
  • Evaluate one's own design using a biomaterial critically against self-established criteria.
  • Give feedback and incorporating it in the report.
  • Present the results of the project assignment in writing.
  • Gather information to understand an assignment, research question or problem definition.
  • Formulate meaningful research questions based on the assignment description.
  • Formulate searches based on the research question.
  • Evaluate the relevance and quality of the selected information.
  • Report the search in a document. Referring in a formal way to used literature.

regarding WHAT is described in a scientific article
  • Describe the broader societal goal or technological problem of the research as well as more specific research question, as described in a scientific article.
  • Identify the measurement method in a scientific article that was used to answer the specific research question in that article.
  • Using the results and conclusions from scientific literature to formulate your own research question and method, and describe this in a reflection report.
regarding HOW research is conducted
  • Describe the relationship between scientific research presented in a scientific article and the development of a biomaterial / biomarker.
  • Explain which criteria are important to evaluate the reliability of new biomaterials / biomarkers, as discussed in the module.
This module consists of a project assignment with a number of sub-assignments that will be carried out in 10 weeks. In addition, there are a number of supporting courses during this period in which knowledge and skills are offered that are necessary for the successful completion of the project. The assignment that will be worked on in groups in the project is: Using literature research, describe how the development of a biomaterial is brought about and which factors play a role in this. The students themselves will have to collect and acquire an important part of the information and material required for the implementation of the project, for example, by means of literature study but also by combining information from the literature study with other courses, practicals and project lectures.
The Chemical Biology course deals with a number of topics related to biomaterials. This mainly involves understanding which structures biomacromolecules can make by how they interact with each other. Biochemistry lectures will provide insights into the structure and function of the most important biochemical molecules and the function of enzymes and membranes. In addition to knowledge of materials, the tissues and organs to which the biomaterials can be applied must also be addressed. In the Anatomy course, the structure and functions of different tissues and organs are explained/discussed. This quartile will also focus on Mathematics, and a number of group assignments will be discussed, in which the importance of mathematics for biomedical technology will become clear.

In summary, students address the following project question:
"Describe, using literature survey, how the development process of a biomaterial is organized and which factors play a role during development and upon implementation.”
They employ the knowledge from the courses, as well as literature study. The mathematics course is linked to the biomedical domain, but not directly integrated into the project.
Module 1
Participating study
Bachelor Biomedical Engineering
Required materials
Human Anatomy and Physiology, 10th revised edition 2015 E.N. Marieb. ISBN: 9781292096971
Sesam Atlas van de Anatomie (deel I Bewegingsapparaat). 22nd Edition, november 2011. Werner Platzer. ISBN: 9789006951981
Essential Cell Biology, 5th Edition. Bruce Alberts/Dennis Bray. ISBN: 9780393680393
Essentials of Chemical Biology: Structure and Dynamics of Biological Macromolecules By Andrew D. Miller, Julian Tanner ISBN-10 9780470845318 ISBN-13 978-0470845318
Get Ready for Organic Chemistry (2nd Edition) by Joel Karty ISBN-10 0321774124 ISBN-13 978-0321774125
Veiligheid in het Laboratorium (Heron -reeks), 5th Edition, august 2012. H. Kramers-Pals/I. van ’t Leven. ISBN: 9789077423929
‘Thomas' Calculus Early Transcendentals, 12th edition, juni 2013.George B. Thomas jr./Maurice D. Weir. *Exclusief ISBN nummer speciaal voor de UT: 9781784498139
Introduction to Mathematics, reader nr. 510, H.F.M. Aarts
Recommended materials
Coelho Zakwoordenboek der Geneeskunde. 29th Edition, mei 2009. A.A.F. Jochems. ISBN: 9789062287550
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance



Project: Construction with Molecules



Chemical Biology

Methodology & Statistics

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